Ok, so apologies to all my Twitter followers (twitter.com/RelaxWithDax if you’re not following me) for not giving you a blow by blow, but I was too busy enjoying myself. You should know by now, I like to enjoy things and tell you about it afterwards. No time for tweeting or photos even. So I ended with a coffee from Bean There which was amazing and I think the reason you are getting a review now instead of tomorrow is thanks to the caffeine in that coffee. Also, I’m a bit inebriated as there was plenty of good wine available so this review might be a little more frank and maybe more interesting, but who knows.
It seems that Relax with Dax readers are definitely foodies because everyone I met tonight knew who I was and some were super excited to meet me. Obviously, as you would expect from any Relax with Dax reader, they were all intelligent, good looking and fun. Some were really good looking, I was thinking of interviewing them. Anyway, to all the readers I met tonight, it was great meeting you, thanks for the support.
Now, let’s talk about Taste of Cape Town. I want to tell you straight away that it’s still an expensive outing. I know that everyone seems to have comps but event so, the food costs a lot crowns (we call them krone, it sounds cooler). I bumped into a couple I knew and they had spent R500 on crowns and used them all. That’s hectic. While we are on this note, for the attention of the organisers, when you invite me as media and tell me I can bring a partner, can we please have two passes so I don’t have to buy crowns for my partner to match everything I have. Thanks very much.
The festival this year is another step up from last year. They have added stands of random things you can taste (as opposed to buy) which makes it bigger and more interesting. I tried some tasty pickles, jams and relishes at Oded’s Kitchen. I was also blown away by Yummi’s brownies, probably the best ever. Non Pareil (what does that mean?) biltong is there and their prices are really good. There were plenty more stands which I can’t remember.
As for the food… wow, there was some really good stuff. We tried quite a bit, here’s a list with recommendations:
Bistro Sixteen82 – Beef Tataki (chilled beef fillet with fresh green ginger, chili, tamari soya and lime): if there is one dish you have, this must be it. I recommended this to some people and they hunted me down to thank me and worship me (inside tip: the recipe is on the Taste of CT website, copy it and impress your friends, invite me) – 7 Crowns
Bistro Sixteen82 – Soft Shell Crab (panko crumbed and fried, served with dressed pea shoots and smoked paprika aioli): Very nice, but very rich as it is crumbed and fried – 8 Crowns
Ginja – Thai Spiced Porchetta (with roasted garlic gnocchi, celeriac and lemongrass puree) – small portion and nothing to write home about, but good to meet the owner and hear the inside track on their move to the ex Relish building – 5 Crowns
Grande Provence – Warm ballontine of Free Range Chicken (and lobster, white onion risotto): Awesome, we liked this – 8 Crowns
Le Quartier Francais – Braised lamb breast (white bean and buchu puree, apricot chutney): We were not blown away – 8 Crowns
Nobu – Yellowtail sashimi (with jalapeno): yes, absolutely, this is a treat. Very small but it is so worth it – 4 Crowns
Nobu – Crispy pork belly (with spicy miso): no – 6 Crowns
Signal – Pan seared scallops (on saffron risotto, micro green salad and burnt butter vinaigrette): Subtle flavours, we enjoyed it but it was early so we didn’t have much to compare it to – 7 Crowns
The Greenhouse – Crispy sesame prawn sandwich (with ponzu): yes, we loved this – 8 Crowns
Wow, that looks like a lot. It was actually, I was very full. Luckily there were some excellent wines to wash it all down. I tried a La Motte Shiraz, Bonnievale Shiraz, Grand Provence Cab Sav and a delicious Delaire Graaff Sauvignon Blanc.
We also tried a few desserts, but I’m getting a bit bored writing this all out. I think the caffeine is wearing off. Ok, home stretch, here are the desserts:
Overture – Chocolate mille fuille (with rasberry ice cream): Nice, not amazing – 6 Crowns
Signal – Pistachio pavlova (liquid cardomom, poached pear and rooibos and honey ice cream) – this was exciting, very interesting – 4 Crowns
We had one more which I can’t find on the list now, it was good. I’ll try find it when I go again on Friday.
Yes, I’m going again. There are so many dishes still to try. It’s expensive, but it’s fun and different. I’ll see you there.